Chris Miller: Both Derrick Favors (Knee) and George Hill (groin) ruled out Friday vs. @Washington Wizards #DCFamily #WizJazz
Jody Genessy: The Jazz will be without Derrick Favors, George Hill and Raul Neto tonight. Gordon Hayward participated in shootaround but is questionable.
Favors was examined Saturday by the Utah Jazz medical staff and underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing, the results of which showed a bone contusion on his left knee. In order to allow the injury proper time to heal, he will continue to receive treatment and will be reevaluated later this week. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.
Tim MacMahon: Jazz PG George Hill (toe) plans to play vs. the Thunder. Derrick Favors (knee) is out.
Lingering issues with his left knee have forced Derrick Favors to miss roughly one-third of the Utah Jazz's games this season. But, after going through a full practice Friday, Favors was pronounced good to go for Saturday night's home game against the Charlotte Hornets. "It feels good," Favors said of his balky knee following Friday morning's practice session at the Zion's Bank Basketball Center. "The knee's doing good. It helped (having several days off), got a lot of treatment and it feels good."
Favors, whose averages of 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game are his lowest since the 2011-12 season, said he doesn't think the persistent soreness will continue to be a problem beyond this season. "It's not," he said. "I'm just being smart with it, though. I missed a couple of games, it's been sore here and there, but we're taking the smart approach, thinking long-term, just being smart with it and making sure I'm a hundred percent healthy when we need it."
Utah Jazz power forward/center Derrick Favors will play Wednesday night after missing the previous 12 games due to a bone bruise in his left knee, league sources told ESPN. Favors isn't expected to play much against the Oklahoma City Thunder, as he will be on a strict minutes restriction. He returned to practice this week and was a full participant Tuesday.
Utah Jazz power forward/center Derrick Favors will play Wednesday night after missing the previous 12 games due to a bone bruise in his left knee, league sources told ESPN. Favors isn't expected to play much against the Oklahoma City Thunder, as he will be on a strict minutes restriction. He returned to practice this week and was a full participant Tuesday. "I don't want to try to do too much too soon," Favors told Utah reporters Monday. "I want to get back into a rhythm and get in shape."
Tim MacMahon: An MRI performed Wednesday confirmed a bone contusion in Jazz PF Derrick Favors' left knee, the team announced. He is out Thursday against the Bulls and could miss an extended period due to the knee, which has been problematic since the preseason. "Rest is the main thing and then treatment to the extent that he can do it, whatever that entails," coach Quin Snyder said. "Then hopefully in time he gets better."
Aaron Falk: Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors will be OUT tomorrow night against the Chicago Bulls, league sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune
Jazz PF Derrick Favors on his problematic left knee: "It's just something I'm trying to fight through and deal with. It just keeps getting sore, really sore, on me. We'll see [if he needs to sit for an extended period]. I need to talk to the trainers and coach about it. We'll see. We've just got to figure stuff out with it. It's tough. I want to be there for my teammates, want to play, want to get wins. At the same time, I've got to be smart with it and just try to figure out how to make it better.
Aaron Falk: Derrick Favors says he hasn't had any setbacks after playing 20 minutes against Detroit. vine.co/v/iiViZTxum0r
Andy Larsen: Quin Snyder told us that Favors had no pain on his back today, which obviously is great news for the team.
Mike Mazzeo: No Derrick Favors tonight. #Nets will face the other piece in D-Will deal, Enes Kanter, Sunday vs. OKC.
Derrick Favors likely will miss his 15th consecutive game, due to back spasms. But he was working on his post moves with assistant Tony Lang, and has been in better spirits this week, especially since he traveled with the team.
Jody Genessy: Derrick Favors (lower back soreness) and Trevor Booker (concussion) are out Saturday vs. the Lakers.
Jody Genessy: Chris Johnson (viral gastroenteritis) is probable vs. Kings, but Derrick Favors (back spasms) will miss his 12th straight game.
Kerry Eggers: PF Derrick Favors (back) will miss his 11th straight game for Jazz tonight. Quin Snyder: "I'd be surprised if he is healthy enough to play."
David Locke: Derrick Favors did NOT travel with the Utah Jazz on the road trip to San Antonio and Houston. Rudy Gobert is with the team
Andy Larsen: Derrick Favors did not travel with the team on their 2 game road trip. Rudy Gobert did. Favors looked like he was really hurting yesterday.
June 3, 2023 | 7:24 pm EDT Update
Terry Stotts heads back to Milwaukee as assistant
Adrian Wojnarowski: Terry Stotts is finalizing a deal to join Adrian Griffin’s new coaching staff with the Milwaukee Bucks, sources tell ESPN. Stotts won 402 games and made eight straight playoff trips as Portland’s coach. He was the Bucks’ coach for 146 games, ending in 2007.
Phoenix Suns associate head coach Kevin Young is staying with the franchise on a new $2 million annual deal that’ll make him the NBA’s highest-paid assistant coach, sources told ESPN on Saturday. The Suns were determined to keep Young on new coach Frank Vogel’s staff and made a significant commitment to keep him from following former coach Monty Williams to the Detroit Pistons, sources said.
Fast-forward four years, and they’re teammates on a No. 8-seed Heat team that has clawed its way to the NBA Finals. Highsmith still remembers the lessons Butler imparted to him in Philadelphia. “Working out twice a day, three times a day, which he would do sometimes,” he says. “Also understanding your body, not pushing it too far where you’re feeling not the best. Maintaining good diet as well.”
Clutch Points: Jeff Green says Kevin Garnett helped him become more vocal: “When I was with Boston, I didn’t talk much, I was very quiet. But now, I can’t stop talking, so I guess to a small extent, I’m like [Kevin Garnett]. I think being vocal is big… He used to tell me all the time, ‘you gotta speak up. You gotta talk. You gotta talk!’” (via @TomerAzarly) pic.twitter.com/luG9VkTeJZ
Nick DePaula: The Joker debuted the upcoming Nike GT Jump 2 today at #NBAFinals practice 👀👀 pic.twitter.com/TCnFC6Gc3d
June 3, 2023 | 6:30 pm EDT Update
James Borrego will be top assistant for Pelicans
Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN Sources: James Borrego has agreed to become New Orleans’ associate head coach. Borrego spent four seasons as Charlotte’s head coach, including back-to-back play-in berths. Pelicans are eager to incorporate his offensive philosophy.
Jake Fischer: James Borrego was in the mix with Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Dallas in addition to NOLA. Kevin Ollie also drew interest from the Pelicans. With Terry Stotts another Bucks associate candidate, Frank Vogel’s signing in Phoenix has seemed to start the next layer of this coaching carousel.
Will Guillory: Can confirm the news that James Borrego will be joining the Pelicans staff as associate head coach, per source. @wojespn was first with the news. The Pels will also retain Jarron Collins on the staff.